A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton
Published September 2nd 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. And it’s Christmas!
It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.
But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.
When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.
Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…
Megan lost her husband 3 years ago to leukemia. After her husband’s death she felt guilty if she enjoyed anything. Her friends and mom are trying to break her out of the cycle that is grief.
Her family owns a bookstore and after his death she decided to go back home and run the shop. It’s now Christmas time and she is desperately trying to increase the sales by having authors and other events there. In comes Xander Stone. The next author to be there and a big one at that.
But Xander himself is far from just a star. Megan realises she has a lot more to him than the rude front he puts up. Can they help each other to overcome their difficult pasts?
This got me from the very beginning. I mean who doesn’t want a Christmas in a cozy bookshop?!
Megan has been through a lot and is only now starting to get her life together again. After three years of grief she might finally be ready to get her life back. In comes Xander Stone, a rude and obnoxious important author having a signing at her bookshop.
But Xander is much more than first impressions, he might even be the perfect person for Megan having been through similar situations in the past. Among beautiful, funny and awkward dates, there’s also a lot of trust put on both of them. Loved their slow burning romance with a palpable chemistry! I really enjoyed how awkward and fun they are together and how much they grew their life back. This book has a lot of grief talk and it seems quite realistic to me, it’s not easy to trust again, to give life a shot again but Megan does it and all I hope is she succeeds.
I loved Megan and her love for her bookshop and romance books. I also loved her group of friends that are chaotic and fun, and her super different and weird romance bookclub! They are having a Christmas party and it’s definitely a very unusual one at that. I thought it was a lot of fun and loved seeing them develop ideas and get it to life.
I was also a big fan of Xander. He is a lot more than I first thought and although shy and awkward, he is a lovely person. Although he does have a tendency to explode first and ask for forgiveness later which was definitely a not so good trait, but explained and in a way, understood…
Their relationship is not an easy one but it felt rewarding to read about, and I love them together! This had all the right Christmas feels to it and I loved it from the very first pages!
TW: grief, loss of a loved one
Favorite quote: “But the really hard things in life take time to get over and the really good things require patience to achieve.”
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